Health care of the children is the main responsibility of the parents. However, this work is usually complicated when you have a teenage son. Here is some useful tips for a healthy relationship with teenagers.
For most young people and of course their parents, adolescence is usually a complicated stage as there are several changes (physical, mental and emotional) that can affect the parent-child relationship.
Although it may be a troubled period, it is also an excellent stage in which parents can help their teenagers to mature and become a responsible person with healthy habits that benefit their health.
Experts recommend parents to follow some tips such as:
Inform and prepare: Since before the first signs of adolescence appear, parents must prepare themselves mentally to face the next stage in the growth of their children. Finding out about the changes their children experience, or even remembering how their own adolescence was, may be enough for parents to feel prepared. Parents who know what awaits them can face it better.
Talk to the children before it’s too late: Parents should stay open to any question their children have. However, they must also take the initiative and talk to them before the first changes occur. The sooner parents begin to talk openly about these issues with their children, the more likely they are to keep communication channels open throughout adolescence.
Be empathetic: Parents should learn to put themselves in the place of their children and remember that they too were teenagers. They should also help them understand that it is normal for them to be a little worried or self-conscious, and that sometimes they may feel ‘older’ and sometimes as if they were still a ‘child’.
Set realistic expectations: It is common for parents who want their children to be better than them in everything they do. However, if one does not care about the expectations of children, it is likely that a teenager will feel overwhelmed. If parents have appropriate expectations, teenagers are more likely to try to meet them.
Knowing your child’s friends and their parents: Having regular communication between parents can have great benefits in creating a safe environment for all teenagers who belong to the same group.
Know how to identify alarm signals: It is common for adolescents to experience physical, mental and emotional changes. However, parents should be aware of possible signs that indicate the presence of a disease or threat to health, such as: excessive weight gain or loss, sleep problems, rapid and drastic changes in their personality, sudden change of friends, skipping class continuously, getting bad grades from one moment to another, talking or joking about suicide.
Respect the privacy of children: To help adolescents become responsible adults, parents need to respect their privacy. If there are no alarm signals, then parents will have no choice but to stay out of the privacy of their children.